Lawrence “Larry” W. Salzman

Larry SalzmanLawrence “Larry” W. Salzman, 86 of LeRoy, Illinois passed away on Sunday (April 12, 2015) at 4:20am at Heritage Health Care, Normal, IL.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday (April 18, 2015) at 2pm at the Covell Community Church in Covell with Pastor Chad Sparks officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion. Cremation rites will be accorded. The family will receive friends following the services at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Covell Community Church, 10715 Church Street, Bloomington, Illinois 61705.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Larry was born on March 16, 1929 in Bloomington, Illinois the son of Arthur Orville Salzman and Francis Lorraine Thomas Salzman.

Larry is survived by his daughters; Brenda (Bill) Baker of Carlock, Susan (Jr.) Shickel of Bloomington and Heidi (Joe) Cinkovichof Normal, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

He Served in the US Army with two years active duty. He was a member of the Covell Community Church, VFW in Chenoa and American Legion Post 635 and was in the volunteer ministry at Nursing Homes for many years.

Larry was the most devoted and loving father, grandfather and christian you would ever find, he was always putting other peoples needs before his own. His life will live on through others. Well done good and faithful servant.

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Earl “Catfish” John Campbell

EarlCampbell2 EarlCampbell1Earl “Catfish” John Campbell, 90, of Bloomington, passed away at 4:56 a.m. Monday (April 6, 2015) at his home while comforted by his family.

His service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Entombment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Bloomington. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be mailed to Wounded Warriors Project or the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Saybrook, to Harry and Elsie Kingsley Campbell. In 1954, John married Betty Crawford; she is now deceased. They had three children. He married the love of his life, Dolores Chavez Williams, on Oct. 26, 1963, in Lexington. She survives.

He is also survived by his daughter (with first wife, the late Vonnie Embry), Cheryl (Larry) Mays, Normal; son, Darrell (Cindy) Williams; daughter, Velda Williams (James) Brown; daughter, Etta Campbell (Percy) Buckley; and son, Michael (Becky) Williams; all of Bloomington; daughter, Mary Williams (Timothy) Trunnell, Normal; son, Frank (Margaret) Campbell; daughter, Tina Williams (Jeromy) Bush; and daughter, Dolly John Campbell (Owen) Wilmoth; all of Bloomington; a sister, Amanda Bays, Bloomington; a brother, Bill Campbell, Arkansas; 29 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Earl John Campbell Jr.; grandson, Earl John Campbell III; sisters, Gwendolyn Knackstead and Jean Embry; and brothers, Leslie and Jimmy Campbell.

Earl was a World War II Purple Heart recipient, having served in the South Pacific fleet as a private first class in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945. He was a proud Marine and loved his country. He retired from his career at Illinois Power Co. in 1986, after 31 years of dedicated service.

“Catfish John” loved traditional fishing and “hoggin” with his lifelong “hoggin” buddy and friend Bob Williams (deceased). He was always eager to share his knowledge of the sport with anyone brave enough to take on the challenge. Big John also enjoyed county music, including playing the slide guitar and Dobro. He was the patriarch of our large family, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. During his long and richly blessed life he was loved, and he will be missed by all who were privileged to know him. We are comforted to know he is at peace with our Savior and will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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Gary Dean Deerwester

GaryDeerwesterGary Dean Deerwester, 61, of Bloomington passed away at 4:37 PM on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

There will be a funeral service for Gary at 6:30 PM on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at Crossroads Chapel in Bloomington. Pastor Mark Wallace will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00-6:30 PM at the church. Military rites will be conducted by both active duty Army and Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

He was born on September 25, 1953 in Bloomington, son of Charles E. and Margaret Wunder Klepper. He married Laura Damon on September 28, 1985 in Bloomington. She survives. He is also survived by mother Margaret of Bloomington, four children, Cory (Aubrey) Deerwester, Jake Deerwester, Chris Patterson, and Matt Deerwester all of Bloomington, seven grandchildren, Christopher Patterson, Carson Patterson, Lucas Evans, Carys Deerwester, Drake Deerwester, Crislyn Patterson, Savanna Deerwester and his five siblings, Rick (Pam) Deerwester of Clinton, Geneva Wilkinson of Bloomington, John (Nancy) Klepper of Bloomington, Joanna Carnahan of Bloomington, and Chuck (Tonya) Klepper of Hawkins County, TN. He was preceded in death by his father, one sister Kimberly Klepper and two brother-in-laws Scott Carnahan and Dick Wilkinson.

Gary proudly served his country during the Vietnam War Era as a member of the United States Army. He was a member of Crossroads Chapel in Bloomington. He owned and operated an appliance business in Bloomington for many years.

Gary, a devout child of God, was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather and loyal friend to many. He loved the Lord and cherished his dog Bo, riding his Harley, camping with his family and traveling the country with his wife of 29 years, Laura, who he adored. He never hesitated to help anyone in need; there are not enough words to describe the size of the heart that Gary had. He will be deeply missed, forever loved and never forgotten.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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William A. Ferguson

William A. Ferguson, 77 of Normal, Illinois passed away on Friday (March 20, 2015) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday (March 25, 2015) at 5pm at the Salvation Army Church in Bloomington. Military honors will be conducted by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Family will receive friends from 4:15pm till time of service. Cremation rites were accorded.

William is survived by his wife Christine Ferguson, his children; Steve P. Ferguson, Anne M. (Mark) Clementz of Bloomington, William A. (Chris) Ferguson of Smiths Station Alabama and Jo Elezabeth “Beth” (Jason) Southerland of Atlanta, Illinois, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

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Thomas Charles Gentry II

Thomas Charles Gentry II, 51 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday (March 17, 2015) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

A celebration of his life service will be held on Saturday (March 21, 2015) at 4pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with Father Greg Ketcham officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, the day of the service from 2-4pm at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be mailed to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Mid-West Affiliate, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Thomas was born on September 1, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA the son of Thomas Charles Gentry I and Marion Deru Gentry. He married Patriece Curry on December 29, 2012 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Thomas is survived by his Mother; Marion Gentry of Rockford, IL, his loving wife; Patriece, children; Thomas C. Gentry III, Olivia Gentry and Rebecca Gentry all of Bloomington, step children; Shameka Curry and Cameron Curry, step grandchildren; Dayvia and Anthony Curry. Also surviving are his 4 sisters; Yvonne (Joseph) Maire of Houston, TX, Catherine (Reid Thebault) Duchon of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Diana (Michael Carrington) Broome of Atlanta, GA and Mary (Michael) Roberts of Richmond, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Thomas was a graduate of Rockford Guilford High School, Rockford, IL class of 1981 and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He attended St. Patrick’s Church of Merna and worked at Mitsubishi Motor Company for 28years.

Thomas was a NASCAR fan. He enjoyed bowling, camping, DIY (Do It Yourself) projects, working on cars and loved spending time with his family.

He will truly be missed dearly by all his family and friends.

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Judith Ann Nelson

Judith Ann Nelson, 64 of Lexington passed away on Thursday March 12, 2015 at her residence. Another angel is on her way to paradise.

There will be a funeral service for Judith on Thursday March 19, 2015 at 10 AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Danny McCubbins will officiate. There will be a visitation on Wednesday March 18, 2015 from 5-7 PM at the Memorial Home. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.

Judy was born January 26, 1951 in Bloomington to a pair of hard working, ever loving parents, William H. and Eva J. Steigberger Jordine.

On June 28th, 1969, Judy married her prince charming, the young, strong, and handsome Marine, William T. Nelson. Judy and Bill were inseparable for over 45 years. Words can’t describe the love they shared. The pair produced three extremely handsome children, Christopher and Timothy (Lori) Nelson of Bloomington, and Cory (Theresa) Nelson of Heyworth. William, as well as all three children survive Judy.

Judy never had the “girl” she wanted, so her three boys went to work. They were able to give Judy 8 beautiful grand daughters, as well as a couple handsome grand sons. Nicole, Crystal, Hailey, Tyler, Kylee, Amber, Ashlee, Alexis, Mackenzie and Gage, as well as one great grand son, Carter Martinez were all so blessed to have Granny in their lives. Each one held a very special place in Judy’s big heart! All the grand children survive her.

She is also survived by one older sister Irma Jackson of Bloomington. Judy was preceded in death by her parents. She is certainly busy in heaven right now telling her parents about all her grand babies!

Spending time with her family brought more joy and happiness to Judy than anything in this world. Judy could never get enough of their company. Just sitting on the couch chatting with family was something that Judy loved to do. Having a “sleepover with granny” was an event the kids and Judy both loved so much. She loved baking Christmas cookies with the grandkids every year. A couple years ago she started a new “Sunday Family Dinner” tradition. Nothing put a bigger smile on her face than seeing her entire family sitting around the dinner table enjoying her world famous cooking.

Judy worked most of her adult life once her boys were in school. She counted down the days until her retirement from Illinois State University in 2011. Her mother (and best friend) Eva, passed away suddenly at 65, so Judy didn’t see any reason to expect to live any longer than her. To the dismay of everyone that knew her, she was correct. Since Judy anticipated an early passing, she did not want to waste one second of her unfortunately short retirement.

She loved vacationing with her family. Some of the places she visited with her family in recent years include: Washington DC, Florida, Disney World, New York, California, New Orleans, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, and nearly the entire Caribbean. She took a special liking to cruising the Caribbean. Without a doubt, the best vacation Judy had was in 2005. She took her whole family with her on a Caribbean cruise. Sitting on a white sand beach, sipping a Blue Lagoon while watching her kids play in the ocean would be a perfect day in Judy’s eyes. At the time of her passing, Judy already had her next 5 vacations scheduled.

Judy loved gardening and sharing her home grown vegetables. She had a “craft room” in her house and loved making cards and scrapbooks with the kids. She loved watching MJ’s Bulls win the six titles in the 90s with her boys. She loved watching her grand children participate in their sports of softball, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and football. She loved “reality tv” and watched many of the shows religiously..

Judy, loved living life. She had a huge impact on the lives of everyone she touched. Friends and family that knew Judy could easily describe her….. She was the Best Friend, Wife, Mother and Granny there ever walked this planet.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Annette, Mitchell

Annette, Mitchell, 52 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Thursday (March 5, 2015) at 4:05pm at her home.

A graveside service will be held on Friday (March 20, 2015) at 11am at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, Illinois.

Annette is survived by her son; Demurial Mitchell of Bloomington, brothers and sisters; Renee Richardson of St. Louis, MO, Bland, Dinah, Maria and Nancy Richardson all of Bloomington and David Richardson of Alton, IL.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

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Steven R. Brown Sr

Steven R. Brown Sr., 60, of Bloomington, died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday (March 10, 2015) at his residence.

Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Bloomington. The Rev. Frank McSwain will officiate.

Burial: Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the church.

Memorials: to his family, care of Steven Brown Jr., 1736 Rex Road, Normal, IL 61761.

Survivors: wife, Joanne Starr, Bloomington; two sons, Steven (Gabrielle) Brown Jr., Normal, and Marcus Brown, Detroit, Mich.; one granddaughter; two sisters, Janet Carsice, Long Beach, Calif.; and Judith Jones, Bloomington.

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Omar C. “OC” Berry

Omar C. “OC” Berry, 89, a resident of the Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan, IL, formerly of Bloomington, IL, passed away at 7:50 PM on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan, IL.

His funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday (March 16, 2015) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with military rites accorded Bloomington -Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Rev. Danny McCubbins will be officiating. Entombment will be at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. The family suggests memorials be made to the Good Samaritan Home Benevolence Fund in memory of Omar Berry . Please mail your memorial to Dana O. Berry 9843 N 1250 East Road, Shirley IL. 61772.

Omar was born February 2, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Harm Thomp and Laura Elizabeth Yunker Berry. He married Beverly M. Pittman on October 4, 1947 in Bloomington IL. She survives.
Also surviving is one son, Dana (Mary) Berry, Shirley, IL; daughter in-law, Vicki Berry, Downs, IL; four grandchildren, Brett (Tammy) Berry, Roodhouse, IL; Ryan (Kristi) Berry, St. Augustine, FL; Heather Berry, Chicago, IL; Kristin Berry, Bloomington, IL; six great-grandchildren,
Bailey, Brody and Boen Berry; Kaleigh, Kylan and Kaedan Berry; two brothers, Ray (Jo) Berry, Phoenix, AZ; and Irvin (Mary) Berry, Jeffersonville, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Michael Ray Berry, one brother, Tom Berry, Jr., and a great grandson, Keegan Ryan Berry.

Mr. Berry was a WWII Veteran and served in the US Marines in the South Pacific. He had worked at Advanced Cleaners and was a concrete finisher for J.G. Stewart, Bloomington, IL. He had enjoyed square dancing in Texas, wood carving and was an avid fisherman. Mr. Berry was a member of the Bloomington Art Guild and was a former Boy Scout Leader. Omar left everyone he met with a smile and joke and he will be missed by all who knew him.

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Patricia Kay Jenkins

Patricia Kay Jenkins, 58, of Bloomington, passed away Monday (March 9, 2015) at her home.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Private graveside service will be at a later time.

She was born Dec. 8, 1956, in Bloomington, to Riley F. and Nina E. Woolridge Jenkins. They, along with her sister, Mary Jane Norris, and grandchildren, Krystal Bethe Rotramel and Aurora Lynn Baize, preceded her in death.

Surviving are lifelong friend and companion, Robert D. Rotramel; seven children, Mellissa Stachurski, Bloomington; Joseph (Jenny) Baize, Ludlow; Mary Baize, Bloomington; Jodie Hamilton, Bloomington; Rob (Reggie) Rotramel, Gridley; Bryan Rotramel, El Paso; and Bobi Rotramel, Gridley; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Vicki) Jenkins, John (Debbie) Jenkins and Bobby Jenkins; and sister, Sue (Dan) Watkins.

Patricia fought an amazing fight against cancer, down to her last breath.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to or in memory of Sam Jenkins (her beloved dog) to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, 423 N. Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761.

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